TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, January 5, 2015; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; LeRoy Kusilek, Joe Mahoney, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Chair, Diana Smith. Joe moved to approve the December 15th meeting minutes. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Rita provided the January 5th treasurer’s report. There is a money market balance of $284,120.10. Joe moved to approve the report. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried. Joe moved that $5000 be added to the Contingency Fund CD when it comes up for renewal later in January. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Communications: Fran Stark was present to discuss his concerns with a neighboring landowner that has a barking dog and dogs leaving the property. An animal control letter will be mailed to the dog owner at N6553 Cty. Rd.O. Mark Leier was present and indicated his interest in running for the Supervisor I town board position as well as serving as the Town Animal Control Officer. Diana explained the town caucus procedure to Mr. Leier.
Approval of CSM for Clarence & Marianne Gilbertson: Surveryor, Larry Murphy, was present to discuss a Certified Survey located in the NE1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 34 of the town. This property is located off of 690th Ave. Joe moved to approve the CSM as presented by Mr. Murphy to the Plan Commission and Town Board. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Agreement with Goodhue Animal Humane Society: Joe moved that the Town continue to utilize the Goodhue Animal Humane Society for any stray animals that cannot be returned to their owners, and that the 2015 contract be signed by the Town. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried. LeRoy reported that only one stray dog was transported to the Goodhue facility in the last two years. All other stray dogs were able to be returned to their owners.
Joe moved that LeRoy Kusilek continue to serve as the Town’s Animal Control Officer. Diana seconded. Motion carried.
Roadwork Update: Diana reported that tree trimming had been completed by JCE Tree Service on 800th Ave., 818th Ave., 925th St. and 970th St.
Equipment Storage at the Town Shop: The lean-to project at the Town Shop has not been initiated yet.
Farmland Preservation Program: Jerome reported that a meeting will be held in February to discuss a proposed Farmer Led Project that will expand conservation measures into the South Fork Watershed. In conjunction with this meeting the revised Farmland Preservation Plan will
be explained. Currently there are approximately 104 rezones involving 35 landowners that will be detailed during the upcoming meeting.
Abandoned/Unlicensed Vehicles: The Plan Commission has been charged with the task of reviewing home based business regulations and business regulations in the Extraterritorial Zone. The Town Board has received complaints regarding excess vehicle storage in conjunction with unauthorized businesses.
Fence Review Update: Joe moved that the Pierce County Animal Humane Officer be contacted to investigate if stray animals at W7502 740th Ave. are suffering from neglect. Diana seconded. Motion carried. The board reiterated their stance that if proper fences are not installed on this property by May 1, 2015 the board will move forward with soliciting bids for fencing and place the cost on the landowner’s property taxes.
It was noted that the 2015 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.
Joe moved to approve the January 5th listing of bills. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
LeRoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 P.M. Joe seconded. Motion carried.